Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil

Art, Brazilian Art, MoMA, Museum, painting, show and exhibition
Tarsila do Amaral. Abaporu. 1928

Tarsila do Amaral. Abaporu. 1928

Tarsila do Amaral. A Cuca, 1924

Tarsila do Amaral. A Cuca, 1924

Tarsila do Amaral. Carnival in Madureira. 1924

Tarsila do Amaral. Carnival in Madureira. 1924

I went to Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil at MOMA. It was just as MOMA explained “a rare opportunity to explore the work of this daring modernist” for me. I felt Tarsila’s works were charming and they made me relaxed. Although she had professional education as an artist, her works look more like Naïve art than Modernism or Cubism art.

Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973) is an Brazilian artist. She studied in Paris with André Lhote, Albert Gleizes, and Fernand Léger. The exhibition focuses on her pivotal production from the 1920s, when she navigated the art worlds of both São Paulo and Paris, and charts her involvement with an increasingly international artistic community, as well as her critical role in the emergence of modernism in Brazil.


Damien Hirst, Colour Space Paintings

Art, New York Art, painting, show and exhibition

Damien Hirst, Grapefruit, 2016, household gloss on canvas, 16 × 24 inches (40.6 × 61 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Damien Hirst, Manganese, 2016, household gloss on canvas, 59 × 59 inches (149.9 × 149.9 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018


Damien Hirst, Process Green, 2016, household gloss on canvas, 66 × 77 inches (167.6 × 195.6 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Gagosian is showing British art star, Damien Hirst’s Colour Space Paintings, the first exhibition of the series in the United States, following their presentation earlier this year at Houghton Hall in England.

It was kind of fun to see all polka dots paintings. I like large ones. But I can’t stop to think of color blind test!

Robert Gober: Tick Tock

Art, drawing, New York Art, show and exhibition

Robert Gober exhibition at Matthew Marks gallery. This show is a collection of rather small pieces. I love Gober’s sensitivity. Specially those drawings. Beautiful.



Graphite and colored pencil on Vellum
12 x 9 inches; 31 x 23 cm


Plaster Heart on Fabric
Plaster, alkyd on cotton, acrylic
14 3/4 x 13 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches; 38 x 34 x 10 cm


Wood, paint, concrete, cast plastic, human hair
Overall approximately: 80 x 48 x 72 in; 203 x 122 x 183 cm

Above ground approximately: 32 x 48 x 48 in; 81 x 122 x 122 cm

Below ground approximately: 48 x 48 x 72; 122 x 122 x 183 cm


Jeff Koons at Gagoshian

Art, New York Art, painting, sculpture, show and exhibition

I went to see one of the most popular artists, Jaff Koons exhibition, Easyfun-Ethereal at Gagosian. It was fun to see his painting at gallery setting. I mean his art work’s earthiness and NY Chelsea gallery’s earthiness are matching together.


Jeff Koons
Bluepoles, 2000
Oil on canvas
120 × 168 inches (304.8 × 426.7 cm)
© Jeff Koons


EnterJeff Koons
Lips, 2000 (detail)
Oil on canvas
120 × 168 inches (304.8 × 426.7 cm)
© Jeff Koons


Enter Jeff Koons
Woman Reclining, 2010–14
Granite, live flowering plants
84 × 88 1/2 × 46 1/4 inches (213.4 × 224.8 × 117.5 cm)
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
© Jeff Koons

Photo by Tom Powel Imaging


Cy Twombly at Gagosian

Art, ART 21, drawing, painting, show and exhibition

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2001, acrylic, wax crayon, and cut-and-pasted paper on paper, 48 7/8 × 39 inches (124 × 99 cm) © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo by Rob McKeever


Cy Twombly
Untitled (In Beauty it is finished), 1983–2002 (detail)
Acrylic, wax crayon, pencil and pen on handmade paper in unbound handmade book, 36 pages
Each page: 22 3/8 × 15 3/4 inches (56.8 × 40 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation


“Cy Twombly: In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008”
Installation view at Gagosian West 21st Street, New York
Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation
Photo by Rob McKeever

I went to Gagosian at 21st street to see Cy Twombly In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008.

The title of the show said Drawings. Before I went, I had wondered that most of his art works were looked like drawings. Then, what look like his “real” drawings?

The show was absolutely gorgeous. From the press release;

Throughout his career, Twombly sustained an active engagement with drawing, gesture, and making marks on paper. His urgent, meandering lines embody the intimate energies that carry over into his paintings, sculptures, and photography. Despite their enigmatic qualities, Twombly’s drawings are strikingly articulate in their rhythm, line, and allusions. At once economical and deeply sensual, they contain a timeless language, mediating between ancient and modern culture.

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)

Art, Museum, New York Art, show and exhibition

The Whistlers, Tip Toland, 2005


La Capresse des Colonies, Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier, 1861. Images courtesy of the Met Breuer.


Action 105: An Israeli soldier points his gun at the Palestinian youth asked to strip down as he stands at a military checkpoint along the separation barrier at the entrance of Bethlehem, March 2006, Reza Aramesh

I really enjoyed Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now), a exhibition at the Met Breuer. They juxtaposed old and contemporary master works. We usually see art works based on time. Art has been developed Renaissance to modern and present. But this exhibition shows the viewers that old and present art works are resembled each other regardless of time.

Provocations: Anselm Kiefer at The Met Breuer

Art, drawing, European Art, German art, painting, show and exhibition

Winter Landscape, 1970 Anselm Kiefer


Everyone Stands Under His Own Dome of Heaven, 1970 Anselm Kiefer


Bohemia Lies by the Sea, 1996 Anselm Kiefer


Yggdrasil, 1980 Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer was born 1945 in Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemburg, Germany, and raised in towns in the Black Forest region near the east bank of the Rhine.

Many of his works are inspired by Germany and its culture: German history, myth, literature, art history, music, philosophy, topography, architecture, and folk custom.

I love Anselm Kiefer’s works. I felt the dark deep side of  human psycho. They are not only showing Germany’s post World War II darkness  but also every human’s.

Banksy in NYC

Art, graffiti, New York Art

British graffiti artist Banksy is/was in New York City. Since he is a mysterious figure, I don’t know if he is still in NY.

I went to see this 14th street one on Sunday March 18th. It was there. But on Tuesday, they already removed. A spokesperson for the company said that the clock has been placed in storage ahead of the building’s scheduled demolition.

I went to another one in Houston street. Big 70-foot-long mural.  A Turkish-Kurdish artist, Zehra Doğan who was sentenced to prison is painted one of the part. Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 6.30.20 PM

You like or dislike his art works, there are many Banksy’s works in NYC!

The Last Three

Art, New York Art, Outdoor sculpture

The Last Three by Gillie and Marc

There are only 3 Northern White Rhinos left on earth, and their horns are worth more than gold, ivory, diamonds or cocaine. We’ve poached these marvelous creatures to near extinction, and most people don’t even know about it.

Australian artists Gillie and Marc want to give the world a chance to say goodbye, and raise awareness through an interactive art installation unlike anyone has ever seen before – the world’s biggest rhino sculpture is unveiled in the heart of New York City on March 15, 2018.

While people were seeing The Last Three, they were talking about this white rhino.

It is too late to know but we still have time to save other rhinos.

This art work is very sad but great in terms of getting public awareness.

David Hockney retrospective

Art, drawing, Museum, painting, show and exhibition

A bigger Splash 1967


Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two Figures) 1972


Domestic Scene, Los Angeles 1963

I went to David Hockney show at The Met. They said; this major retrospective—the exhibition’s only North American venue—honors the artist in his 80th year by presenting his most iconic works and key moments of his career from 1960 to the present.

I liked his works long time ago. It was sometime 80’. Then I lost interest and forgot about his works because I thought his works looked more commercial illustration than fine art. I am glad to see my old “friend” who is still doing great. I love the bright colors and lines, which brought cleanness to his works. I see his work more as a fine art now.